• photographs

    Yule Gold

    It’s a gorgeous sunny Yule eve in the West of Ireland, which is most welcome after a long parade of wet, dull days. Since the light was so good I took this picture of a rose from a mixed bunch of flowers I’m bringing to holiday celebrations. Good luck and happiness to all this festive season! I’ve been busy these last couple of months, as well as being ill twice – once with a head cold, followed by a flu (only just abating). This is probably brought on by the travelling I’ve been doing in the last five months of this year – three trips to London, one to Leeds…

  • Fiction,  personal,  Thoughts

    Mise en abyme

    This is a set of Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, I bought recently at the craft fair in Galway (they are from Minsk). I’ve always wanted at least one set, because there is something about the self-similarity aspect of the dolls that appeal to me a great deal. I was introduced to the concept of fractals by Martin, quite soon after we met. Martin was an engineering student at the time, and loved the elegance of fractal mathematics and the Mandelbrot set in particular. When I saw the recursive patterns printed as images it immediately reminded me of the artwork by M.C. Escher. When I was a kid a…